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      What the doctor ordered: milk in the age of enlightenment in Camden Town


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      June 2, 2011

      Thursday  12:45 PM

      Keppel Street
      Camden Town, Greater London WC1E 6

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      What the doctor ordered: milk in the age of enlightenment

      presented by the Centre for History in Public Health


      Venue: Jerry Morris B (Room G14) Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH

      Speakers: : Deborah Valenze, Barnard College, New York

      Abstract: The career of Scottish physician George Cheyne offers a vivid account of how several channels of thought converged to carry milk into public favour in the eighteenth century. Cheyne's reputation flowered at the height of the enlightenment, yet his wisdom displayed a combination of old and new styles of thought. In his therapeutic relationship with the Countess of Huntingdon, established in Bath in the 1730s, Cheyne brought religious and spiritual concerns to the treatment of her ailments.His reliance on milk as a cure also drew from longstanding beliefs in the salutary effects of pastoral life. This instance of enlightened physic points to how a 'milk diet' came to be known as a diet Anglaise, suitable as an antidote to the overheated existence generated by an emergent modernity.

      Funded by the Wellcome Trust

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